Your 'Spitfires' in Action

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  • Art.IWM PST 15849
Art and Popular Design
Place made
Great Britain
Subject period
  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 496 mm, Width 371 mm
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  • object category: Poster

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whole: the four images are positioned in the lower three-quarters, each held within a narrow black border. The badge of the Sierra Leone colonial flag is placed in the lower right, held within a black circular border. The title and text are separate and positioned in the upper quarter and lower half, in black. All set against an orange background and held within a white and red border. image: the first image is a depiction of an RAF Supermarine Spitfire. The three other images depict several fighter planes involved in aerial attacks on German aircraft, ports and shippping. text: YOUR 'SPITFIRES' IN ACTION SIERRA LEONE Subscriptions from Sierra Leone have bought 'Spitfire' fighter aircraft for Britain. These planes protect British homes and industries from aerial attack and harass enemy shipping and transport. When enemy bombers approach Britain, the fighters go up to drive them away. Here is a Sierra Leone fighter plane shooting down an enemy bomber over one of Britain's industrial towns. Sierra Leone fighter planes also take part in offensive sweeps over enemy-occupied territory and cause much damage to shipping and transport and communications with their machine-gun fire. Sierra Leone fighters protect Allied merchant ships from hostile aircraft. Many vital cargoes have reached port only because of the watchful presence of fighter planes. Thank you, Sierra Leone! Other war gifts from Sierra Leone include bombers and contributions to the Lord Mayor's Air Raid Distress Fund, mobile canteens, Aid to Russia, British Red Cross Society, Prisoners of War Fund and many other funds. AUSPICE BRITANNIA LIBER [Translation: 'Free under Britain's protection'] PRINTED IN ENGLAND 51-4979 G.P.D. 365/54

Physical description

51-4979 GPD 365/54 This poster was printed in Great Britain for distribution in Sierra Leone Additional versions were produced for distribution amongst various other parts of the British Empire (see PST 15842, PST 15843, PST 15844, PST 15845, PST 15846, PST 15847, PST 15848, PST 15850, PST 15851, PST 15852, PST 15853, PST 15854, PST 15855, PST 15856, PST 15857, PST 15858, PST 15859, PST 15860, PST 15861, PST 15862, PST 15863, PST 15864, PST 15865 and PST 15866) Part of a series of similar posters distributed throughout the British Empire to thank the colonies for their contribution to the war effort (see PST 8260, PST 8261, PST 15349, and PST 15803 to PST 15866)

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